Obed Watershed Community Association (OWCA) is a Crossville, TN-based nonprofit with the mission to protect and enhance the watersheds of the
 Obed River and its tributaries within Cumberland County, TN through community education, creating opportunities for community research and service projects, and promoting conservation, recreation, and best management practices.  It also supports activities in other nearby watersheds both within Cumberland County and surrounding counties.

     This website if full of information about the watershed with many fact sheets and education powerpoints that go into great detail about the natural resources that are here.  There are also pages devoted to the many projects and accomplishments that OWCA has achieved in its twelve year history.  Many activities, however, change frequently, so we use our Facebook page, Obed Watershed Community Association, as a way to receive information in a more immediate way than the website.  The link to our Facebook page is at the bottom of our navigation column to the left.


  • Upcoming Activities and Event Dates - 2018!


    Native Planting Day

    Saturday, March 3, 9:00 a.m. - noon

    CoLinx Wetland (1536 Genesis Rd)


         We’ve got over 500 native trees and shrubs to get in the ground, so we’re having a planting push this Saturday from 9:00 to noon at the CoLinx wetland.  We won’t be planting in the marshy areas so don’t worry about that.  These are bare root plants so the process for planting is pretty easy.  We’ll meet at the lowest section of CoLinx’s parking lot (near the stream) and go from there.  Bring gloves and shovels if you have them, OWCA will bring its collection.  If you can’t come on Saturday, but would like to help, we’ll be planting for the next few weeks.  Let Dennis know when you are available (931-210-3611).

    Preserving, Protecting and Cataloguing Plants – a hands on experience

    Thursday, March 8, noon to 6:00 p.m.

    Pennebaker Hall, TN Tech University

         Dr. Shawn Krosnick, the manager of TN Tech’s Herbarium will instruct us on how dried plant material is used to make a permanent record of when and where plants are located. Working with specimens that have been previously collected, we will be remounting specimens on the special papers, creating standardized labels and bar codes for the specimens, and entering the finished specimens into TN Tech’s online catalogue so that the public can look up plants. The noon to six time frame includes travel time from Crossville. We’ll car pool from Common Ground (405 4th St), leaving at noon. People who want to drive independently, please be at Pennebacker Hall by 1:00. It’s an opportunity to both leave and provide an important service.

    Frogs and Toads of Cumberland County

    A listening experience

    Thursday, March 22nd  4:00 p.m.

    Common Ground, 405 4th St

      We are much more likely to hear frogs and toads than see them, and many frogs and toads are particularly active vocally during the spring since they need water, ranging from puddles to streams and ponds, to lay their eggs and have the tadpoles survive to become adults.  Our popular Frogs and Toads slide show is complete with audio tracks so you can learn to identify the animals by their songs.  Come learn more.  If weather and temperature is right, we’ll go out to hear some frogs by some water after the workshop.


    April 5   HomeTown Habitat  movie and discussion in the evening at Roane State                         Community College Oak Ridge – OWCA will car pool

    April 14  Centennial Park Work Day

    April 27-28   Native Plant Sale at Spring Garden Show.  Cumberland County                       Community Complex (Fairgrounds)

     Amazon Shopping Link

    Amazon’s program to help non-profits continues all year.  If you’re going to make purchases through Amazon, help OWCA by using the link: http://smile.amazon.com/ch/72-1594762


         The OWCA Board includes Brad Fox (President),  Katie Heying (Vice-President), Bill Morgan (Treasurer), Hugh Thomforde (Secretary), Majorie Buxbaum, Brian Graska, Ed LeGrand, Wayne Russell, Chelsea Sapp, and Rebecca Whitney. 

    OWCA sponsors are CoLinx, Veolia Water NA,VEC Customer Share, MTNG Hometown Help, Manchester Tank,  Cumberland Medical Center, EcoTravel Plaza, Stonehaus Winery, Outdoor Experience, FirstBank, Highland Federal Savings and Loan, Silvara Stone, and Kroger. 

     OWCA is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit membership organization.  Tax deductible contributions can be sent to OWCA, 405 4th St. Crossville, TN 38555.  Dennis Gregg is the Executive Director and can be reached at 484-9033 or 210-3611.

    405 4th St

    Posted Feb 28, 2018, 2:12 PM by Dennis Gregg
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